Thursday, 14 February 2008 12:30

Letter to Bill Vasconi

Written by Bud Sonnentag
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Dear Mr. Vasconi:

You have made several unqualified statements in Nevada news publications that stand to do much harm to the livestock and wool growers throughout this state.

 

I dispute your statements in The Nevada Rancher, January 2008 regarding bighorn sheep decline. You   cite "two primary factors that caused the decline.  One was the influx of miners who found the sheep to be easy prey and who also drained their water supplies."  "The other reason was the vast array of ranchers that had domestic sheep.  There's no immune system in our wild sheep.  Many were lost by diseases from domestic sheep."

January 22, 2008

 

Bill Vasconi

Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn

PO Box 27494

Las Vegas, NV 89126-1494

 

Dear Mr. Vasconi:

You have made several unqualified statements in Nevada news publications that stand to do much harm to the livestock and wool growers throughout this state.

 

I dispute your statements in The Nevada Rancher, January 2008 regarding bighorn sheep decline. You   cite "two primary factors that caused the decline.  One was the influx of miners who found the sheep to be easy prey and who also drained their water supplies."  "The other reason was the vast array of ranchers that had domestic sheep.  There's no immune system in our wild sheep.  Many were lost by diseases from domestic sheep."


Besides rubbing hips with NDOW veterinarian Mark Atkinson and Department spokesman Martin Olson to give your unqualified statements credibility, you discredited the Nevada livestock industry in the process by laying the blame on them and at the same time blowing the horn for NDOW and The Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn. It is absolutely unconscionable to think that the entire Nevada livestock industry should suffer such a blow by a few agenda driven mendacious people like you and sympathetic agency biologists and veterinarians.

 

I expect an answer to my letter and this question:  Show me scientific proof that you or NDOW veterinarian Mark Atkinson or NDOW Dept. spokesman Martin Olson or anyone else for that matter can substantiate factually what you said in those two statements above.  I wait your reply, Mr Vasconi.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Jacob "Bud" Sonnentag

PO Box 72

Gabbs, NV 89409

  cc.

 

Ken Mayer, Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife

Russ Mason, Chief of Big Game, NDOW

Mark Atkinson, DVM, NDOW

Martin Olson, Department Spokesman, NDOW

Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners

 

Jelindo Tiberti, President, Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn

Larry Johnson, President, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited

 

Anette Rink, DVM, Nevada Dept. of Agriculture

Nevada  Cattlemen's Association

Nevada Wool Growers Association

 

Beth Clifton, The Nevada Rancher

Leana Eardley, The Progressive Rancher

Tami Jo Blake, Agri-News

George Dovel, The Outdoorsman

Ed Snook, The US Observer

The USA Tomorrow

Paul Walter, News With Views  Internet News

James Slinsky, Outdoor Talk Network

 

Robert Fanning, Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd

Robert Fithian, Alaska Professional Guides Association

Stephen Mohr, President, Pennsylvania Woods and Waters

Dr. Matt Cronin, Alaska Ecologist

Dr. Valerius Geist, British Columbia Canada Ecologist

Dr. Charles Kay, Utah Ecologist

Dr. Eric Rominger, New Mexico Bighorn Sheep Biologist

 

This letter was entered as received correspondence into the minutes of the Wildlife Commission meeting of February 8, 2008 as noted by Chairman Clint Bentley.

 











 

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